Homenews Refugees of random camps… a constant journey and a struggle to survive.
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 Refugees of random camps… a constant journey and a struggle to survive.

Raqqa – The issue of internal displacement is one of the most prominent humanitarian issues that reflects the consequences of the conflict in northern Syria since the beginning of the Turkish occupation of northern Syria, and the conflict happening in Idlib and the northern aleppo countryside forced the local population in many of these areas to leave on a forced displacement, fuelled by the escalation of military operations and the systematic targeting of civilians by the factions of the Turkish occupation.
As the syrian regime’s military attacks and the conflict in Idlib and northern Aleppo escalated, safer areas had to be found inside Syria. Therefor, Raqqa was the first destination for displaced people because it is safer than other cities, however, the Autonomous Administration starts to set up camps to manage and shelter the displaced people, most notably (Mahmoudi camp) which includes about 2,117 families and Tal-Assamin camp with 230 families according to the manager of relief office of Raqqa Civil Council, Ahmed al-Ahmad.

However, the successive waves of displacement to Raqqa city and the lack of absorption of the official camps for the numbers of displaced people generated a new phenomenon, known as the random camps that spread on the geography of the city on the outskirts of villages and on the outskirts of the city, and on the river bed largely, where several tents are spreading somewhere forming a small population gathering, which are, According to the Relief Office, 31 camps with more than 4,321 families, the largest of which is Hazimah camp, 25 km north of Raqqa city, Al-Rasheed camp, 35 km west of Raqqa city, and Abo-Kabea 15 km south of Eufrates river.

These communities have been accompanied by many difficulties, as it is clear to everyone how the difficult hte situation of this human population of displaced persons at various levels, and their suffering on a large scale.
With their lack of shelter and difficult economic conditions, a large proportion of them were forced to live in camps lacking the least decent livelihoods, the majority of which were classified as makeshift camps built by the displaced themselves to provide temporary shelter, and their inhabitants were classified as among the poorest displaced persons, who were forced to provide adequate housing in their areas of displacement.

These camps have been characterized by the lack of basic services such as education, health, sanitation and other life services, but the biggest challenge for the camps people, who are approximately 14,000 displaced populations, is to secure their livelihoods while they remain in these camps and in the absence of employment opportunities and lack of support provided by the legal organizations in the Raqqa Civil Council, which numbered 110 organizations according to Al-Ahmad, many of which have been supported only to provide some food and health baskets, with some limited initiatives to spread livelihoods within these camps .

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